The market for immigration legal services is at an all-time high, and the competition among attorneys for clients who can afford traditional services is growing. However, this also leaves many potential clients with modest incomes in a tough place. Unable to afford traditional services, but earning more than what would qualify for legal aid, these potential clients tumble squarely into the justice gap. Unserved, many are left with no choice but to turn to online legal providers, tackle their legal problem alone, or, in most cases, do nothing at all.
This is an opportunity for lawyers – an opportunity to earn fees, an opportunity for young lawyers to learn, and most of all an opportunity to serve the very people who historically have helped make our country so great.
Unfortunately, these potential clients aren’t going to simply stumble into a law office one day, so what’s an attorney to do? How can enterprising lawyers better leverage their relationships and new technology, along with substantive legal knowledge, to meet these clients where they are and deliver the legal services they need, when they need them?
About Chase Hertel
Chase is the Director of Business Development & Partnerships at Road to Status, a Chicago-based immigration software company. At Road to Status, Chase focuses on building new relationships with attorneys and other immigration service providers, teaching them how to leverage technology to deliver affordable legal services and improve their clients’ experiences.
Prior to his role at Road to Status, Chase made his debut in the legal profession working in legal tech. He served as a Project Consultant for Navigant and the Director of Legal Operations at Lawfty, LLC. In these positions, Chase advocated for the deployment of technology and unique legal service delivery models to help bridge the justice gap.